Iraq war veteran, San Benito graduate succumbs to cancer

Staff Writer

Staff Sgt. Guadalupe Maldonado

Staff Sgt. Guadalupe Maldonado

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Guadalupe “Lupe” Maldonado, a three-time veteran of the Iraq War, died on Saturday, Feb. 1, following a hard-fought battle with Stage 4 colon cancer.

He was 36 years old.

Lupe, who graduated in the Top Five percent and number six of his class from San Benito High School in 1996, was diagnosed with cancer in late March 2013 following years of misdiagnosis.

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